‘Killing Them Softly’ fades into a dark city

November 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune

“Killing Them Softly” begins with a George V. Higgins novel set in Boston in 1974 and moves its story to post-Katrina New Orleans in 2008, in order to allow televised speeches by Barack Obama, John McCain and George W. Bush to run frequently in the background. The facile point, I think, is that organized crime in America is troubled like the rest of the economy with a business slowdown and growing recession. It’s a good thing these crooks are in a lot of bars where the TV sets are tuned to
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